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Postgraduate Studies​​

      Postgraduate Funding and Support


Funding Applicat​​ions

The Postgraduate Office in the Division for Research Development, administers and manages a range of different funding instruments for postgraduate studies, including an institutional Postgraduate Scholarship Programme, several private bursaries as well as NRF, CSIR, SARAO, and so forth.

Postgraduate funding applications typically close in the current academic year for the following year's intake cycle. You should therefore apply for a postgraduate programme and apply for scholarships and bursaries in tandem (admission is not a requirement for some funding opportunities – please consult the specific funding call guideline documentation). For example, students in their final year of undergraduate studies must apply for funding for their Honours or Postgraduate Diploma year together with their application to study.

Information about the funding process is available here. 

Listing of available bursaries is accessible here.

Bursaries based on academic pe​​rformance

SU acts as an agent for the National Research Foundation (NRF)'s postgraduate scholarships. The NRF offers full –and partial cost scholarships for full-time studies in all fields at Honours, Master's and doctoral level.

Postgraduate students can also apply for a limited number of Private Bursaries. These bursaries are limited to certain fields of study and offer varying amounts to a few selected students only.  When allocating these private bursaries, preference is given to applicants at the most advanced level of study (degree programme) and with the highest marks, unless stated otherwise.

Some departments, especially those in the fields of science and technology, offer financial assistance from departmental funds to selected students in the form of Departmental Bursaries. If you are not currently receiving any financial assistance, it is something which you may enquire about with your academic department (typically ask your supervisor). Should such funding be available, it can only be awarded to a candidate upon the formal recommendation of a department.

A limited number of Prestige Bursaries are available to candidates whose academic performance in their previous studies has been outstanding.  These are advertised from time-to-time.

Bursaries based on financial ne​​ed

The PGFS section administers Postgraduate Support Bursaries for extremely financially needy students with academic potential. Please note, financial need is determined by a means test assessment based on among other things, family income. Support bursaries are seldom sufficient to cover all study costs and students must therefore seek additional sources of funding.

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